Based on Romans 5:1-11
Facebook is now considered to be “old school” by many young people in the ever evolving world of cyber-technology, but it’s still popular and most users have plenty of Facebook “friends.” I have over 2,000 Facebook friends, but I’ve never met the vast majority of them face to face and probably never will.
The Facebook “friend” option initially enabled users to contact and keep in touch with people that we know well. As Facebook exploded in popularity, “friending” possibilities also expanded to include high school and college classmates, casual acquaintances, people who just want to keep up with each other’s activities, political candidates and even institutions like Morris Brown AME Church.
My Facebook friends include family members, people I’ve known since childhood, people who “friended” me because they liked something that I wrote, people I know through the church and NAACP, and many more. I share my most intimate concerns, however, with only a few of my Facebook friends because most Facebook friendships are limited to casual online contact. I’ve actually had to “un-friend” some people who “friended” me just to promote their businesses!
Facebook friends are like the acquaintances we make in all areas of life. We meet, connect and network with many people, but most of us have only a few true friends with whom we can freely share our lives and count on to be there when we need them. Chief among those true friends for Christians is Jesus. The best of friends in this world sometimes run “hot and cold,” can only go so far or do so much to help us and are sometimes inaccessible.
Jesus, however, loved us enough to redeem us, still stands ready to bless us, never disappoints us, tolerates and forgives us when we mess up and is always there to hear our every prayer. He may not be on Facebook, but He lives in the hearts of those who believe.
Social media like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace are convenient and fun ways to connect and communicate, but when it comes to true friends, the writer of the Biblical Book of Hebrews was right, “Jesus Christ is the same Yesterday, today and forever.”